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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fire prevention specialist recognized in ceremony

TWIN FALLS, ID – Today, Idaho Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist Jennifer Myslivy was awarded the Bronze Smokey Bear Award during a ceremony held at the BLM Twin Falls District office.

Myslivy was recognized for leading “One Less Spark,” a robust fire prevention campaign, and creating "Steppe Up," a spinoff campaign designed to increase public awareness of how human-caused wildfires impact the sagebrush steppe ecosystem.  Steppe Up partners include the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, Idaho Firewise, The Nature Conservancy, University of Idaho Rangeland Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Project Learning Tree, U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands. The campaign has also been adopted by BLM in Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Utah. Myslivy also participated on several prevention teams and committees, helped to expand the fire trespass program, and created the fire information website, which currently has over 1 million page views.

The Smokey Bear Award is the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire prevention.  This merit award has been bestowed on deserving groups and individuals annually since 1957.  The National Association of State Foresters, the USDA Forest Service and The Advertising Council sponsor the awards, and nominations are considered and voted upon by the members of the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Committee.  All three sponsoring organizations have representation on the Committee.

There are three levels of awards each year: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.  All three award categories represent the highest level of recognition possible, the only difference being the geographical scope of the nominated work. 

For more information about the award, please contact BLM Idaho Assistant Fire Management Officer Eric Fransted at (208) 373-3855.